‘POV’ to broadcast “Look of Silence,” “Pervert Park”

PBS documentary strand 'POV' has slated Of Men and War, Pervert Park and Oscar-nominated film The Look of Silence (pictured) for its 29th season.
March 29, 2016

PBS documentary strand ‘POV’ has slated Of Men and WarPervert Park and Oscar-nominated film The Look of Silence (pictured) for its 29th season.

The season features 12 independent feature docs and six encore broadcasts, and will conclude on October 31 with Beth Murphy’s What Tomorrow Brings, detailing the first all-girls school in a small Afghan village. PBS previously announced that the strand will kick off with Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway‘s prison reintegration documentary The Return on May 23 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Among the films playing this season are Laurent Bécue-Renard’s Of Men and War, following veterans over a five-year period as they receive PTSD treatment; Frida and Lasse Barkfors’ Pervert Park, about a sex offender’s struggle to reintegrate into society; Bernardo Ruiz’s Kingdom of Shadows, looking at the consequences of the U.S.-Mexico drug war; and the late Albert Maysles‘ Iris, on 93-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel.

Nanfu Wang’s Hooligan Sparrow, meanwhile, follows Chinese activist Ye Haiyan as she seeks justice for six elementary school girls allegedly sexually abused by their principal; Tod Lending’s All the Difference profiles two African American teens from Chicago’s South Side hoping to graduate high school; and Erik Shirai’s The Birth of Saké journeys inside the Yoshida Brewery for an in-depth look at the process behind creating the traditional rice wine.

Additionally, ‘POV’ will present two primetime special broadcasts in 2017 of Amy Hardie‘s Seven Songs for a Long Life, in which hospice patients face down despair with song; and Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco’s Almost Sunrise, tracing two soldiers with PTSD on a cross-country journey to find peace. Dates and times will be announced at a later date.

“In a year when issues concerning American veterans, mass incarceration, our southern border and U.S.-China relations are taking center stage, ‘POV’ offers fascinating human stories that go far beyond the headlines,” said Justine Nagan, ‘POV’ executive director and executive producer, in a statement.

“These talented storytellers, masters of their craft, introduce us to ordinary people forced to navigate extraordinary circumstances,” added executive producer Christopher White. “Whether confronting brutal repression, their own personal failings or grave illness, these individuals face their challenges squarely and allow us to witness how their lives are transformed in the process.”

The 2016 schedule follows below. All programs air Mondays at 10 p.m. (check local listings). The full schedule can be viewed here.

May 23: The Return by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway May

May 30: Of Men and War by Laurent Bécue-Renard

June 6: Out in the Night by Blair Dorosh-Walther (encore presentation)

June 13: After Tiller by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson (encore presentation)

June 27: The Look of Silence by Joshua Oppenheimer

July 11: Pervert Park by Frida Barkfors and Lasse Barkfors

Aug. 1: Iris by Albert Maysles

Aug. 12: My Way to Olympia by Niko von Glasow (encore presentation)

Aug. 19: Ping Pong by Hugh Hartford and Anson Hartford (encore presentation)

Aug. 22: Art and Craft by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman, co-directed by Mark Becker (encore presentation)

Aug. 29: Web Junkie by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia (encore presentation)

Sept. 5: The Birth of Saké by Erik Shirai

Sept. 12: All the Difference by Tod Lending

Sept. 19: Kingdom of Shadows by Bernardo Ruiz

Oct. 10: From This Day Forward by Sharon Shattuck

Oct. 17: Hooligan Sparrow by Nanfu Wang

Oct. 24: Thank You For Playing by David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall

Oct. 31: What Tomorrow Brings by Beth Murphy

POV 2017

TBA: Seven Songs for a Long Life by Amy Hardie

TBA: Almost Sunrise by Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco

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